The White House on Monday confirmed video footage of President Joe Biden walking in a restaurant in Washington is authentic but downplayed what happened. “I think what you are referring to is a photo of them walking out of a restaurant after they had eaten, mask in hand—where they had not yet put them back on yet,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during a briefing. The president and First Lady Jill Biden were both seen without masks while walking in Fiola Mare, a restaurant in the nation’s capital. The decision to move around without masks violated the city’s indoor mask mandate and the restaurant’s masking rules. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, over the summer reinstituted the indoor mandate, which says everybody in indoor public spaces must don masks, with limited situations where one is not required such as when one is eating and drinking. Individuals or …


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